Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / government / justice / law / legislation / prison / prison expansion / Stephen Harper / Vic Toews

Vic Toews and the League of Imaginary Crime Fighters

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/joan-ruzsa/vic-toews-crime-rate_b_1734062.html So this is rich: the Conservatives are taking credit for the falling crime rate. On July 24, after Statistics Canada reported that police-reported crime was at its lowest level in 40 years, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews tweeted “Crime rate down 6% – shows CPC tough on crime is working. Rate is still … Continue reading

Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / legislation / mandatory minimums / prison expansion / Stephen Harper

Crime Doesn’t Deter Tories – Nor Do Facts

by Joan Ruzsa Huffington Post July 16th, 2012 There’s something I don’t understand about us humans. We can cure disease, explore outer space, access information from around the world in a split second and discover the God particle, and yet the best idea we have come up with to respond to crime and social harm … Continue reading

Bill C-10 / cost of prison / criminalization / prisoners' rights

Stephen Harper’s Bad Idea: Bill C-10 and the Strategy to Fill Our Prisons

Stephen Harper’s Bad Idea: Bill C-10 and the Strategy to Fill Our Prisons Monday, 09 January 2012 17:52 By Joan Ruzsa I remember when the Harper government first introduced a bill (then called C-15) to create mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes. I was struck by something when reading the parliamentary debates on the issue. … Continue reading

Bill C-10 / Conservative government / cost of prison

B.C. joins Quebec and Ontario with fears over federal crime bill

Except from Vancouver Sun articles about the cost to the provinces of Bill C-10: “The Conservatives have promised to have the Safe Streets and Communities legislation written into law within 100 days of the start of the session of parliament. The legislation contains new mandatory minimum sentences for drug offences — including marijuana. Although mandatory … Continue reading

Aboriginal issues / Alex Himelfarb / Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / justice / legislation

A Meaner Canada: Junk Politics and the Omnibus Crime Bill

From Alex Himelfarb’s blog, this post eloquently addresses the problems with the Conservatives law and order legislative agenda, and its contribution to the debasement of Canadian politics. http://afhimelfarb.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/a-meaner-canada-junk-politics-and-the-omnibus-crime-bill/ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Excerpt:  “Canada’s new Parliament is poised to reshape Canada’s criminal justice system and, in significant ways, Canada itself.   Within 100 sitting days of its resumption Parliament … Continue reading

Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy / prison / prison expansion / social justice / Stephen Harper

Liberals ask budget watchdog to estimate cost of Tory crime bill

Liberals ask budget watchdog to estimate cost of Tory crime bill from Canada.com:  Politics and the Nation – Postmedia News Written by Andrew Mayeda ___________________________________________________________________________________________ The Liberals have asked Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page to review the costs of another crime bill introduced by the Harper government. The bill, known officially as An Act to … Continue reading

Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy

More Evidence That We Spend Ridiculous Amounts of Money on Prison

Tory crime bill to cost extra $618M per year, report finds OTTAWA—A new law that limits the amount of time federal inmates can get for time served in custody before and during their trial will cost the federal government $618 million more per year, says a new report from Parliament’s budget watchdog. That does not … Continue reading

Conservative government / cost of prison / Criminal Justice Policy

A Foolhardy Approach to Criminal Justice

from  http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/monitor/foolhardy-approach-criminal-justice Harper’s “tough-on-crime” bills costly, counterproductive by Paula Mallea National Office | The Monitor Issue(s): Human rights, Law and legal issues April 1, 2010 The Harper government is reintroducing its proposed “tough-on-crime” laws that were killed when Harper prorogued Parliament in January. These crime bills, if passed, will result in the lengthy incarceration of … Continue reading

Conservative government / correctional services of canada / cost of prison / prison expansion

Burgeoning prison budgets spared the axe

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/burgeoning-prison-budgets-spared-the-axe/article1515105/?service=email. By Bill Curry Globe and Mail March 29, 2010 As Ottawa sets deep cuts for public service, Corrections Canada goes on a hiring spree Ottawa will spend more money on federal prisons in coming years – a rare exception to government-wide restraint and a sharp contrast to efforts by cash-strapped American states to save … Continue reading

correctional services of canada / cost of prison / government / legislation / prison expansion / Uncategorized

43% Increase in Federal Penitentiary Construction Budget: NDP

by Justin Piché While Finance Minister Jim Flaherty preached fiscal constraint during his unveiling of the Federal Budget yesterday, announcing decreases and freezes on various areas of government expenditure, he managed to set aside funds to feed the Reform Party’s addiction to imprisonment.  According to a statement released today by NDP Public Safety Critic Don … Continue reading